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What does a Shock Absorber do?

The shock absorber is a component of the suspension system that evens out the irregularities of the road surface the car navigates. It is mounted on one side to the car's chassis or body and on the other to one of the wheel's wishbones.

Essentially, the shock absorber consists of a tube filled with gas or oil that is compressed by a piston. It essentially dissipates the kinetic energy generated by the road.

What does a shock absorber replacement involve?

  • The mechanic will test drive the car to establish the possible cause of the problem.
  • The mechanic will inspect the suspension system and shock absorbers in detail.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the worn or broken shock absorber.
  • The mechanic will advise if other components need to be replaced.
  • The mechanic will check the suspension again and test drive the car.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will make adjustments.

Can you replace shock absorbers yourself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a shock absorbers replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

How do I know if my shock absorbers are worn and need replacing?

  • When the car bounces on excessively after driving over a hump or similar.
  • When the car feels unstable going through corners or rough services.
  • When the impact of navigating over humps is harder than normal.
  • When there is a puddle of oil-like fluid underneath the car near a wheel.
  • When the tyres lose touch with the ground after a shock absorption.

How long will a shock absorbers replacement take?

A front shock absorbers replacement on average takes around 2 hour, but can take anywhere from around 1.5 hours to 3 hours. A rear shock absorbers replacement takes on average 1 hour, but can range from under 1 hour to 2 hours. Ultimately, the time that the job will take will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should shock absorbers be replaced?

Always service the shock absorbers as and when stipulated in the guidelines set out by your car's manufacturer. Should you experience problems with a shock absorber then it is advisable to have the system inspected and, if necessary, have the bad shock absorber replaced.

What happens if you don't replace shock absorbers?

Over time, a shock absorber's condition can deteriorate due to the fact that it is in constant use when the car is driven. Eventually, it can be that fluid or gas starts to leak out of the shock absorber which can, for example, be due to a leaking valve inside. A bad shock absorber will cause an unstable ride, through corners.

Equally, it can be that the car rocks excessively when going over humps or when stopping the car, bouncing for a prolonged period after the actual shock absorption. Issues with the shock absorbers that are not addressed can lead to a variety of other, more expensive, issues; among which is excessive tyre wear. It is therefore important to address issues with the shock absorber timely and professionally to ensure an optimal ride and prevent further damage.

Can you drive a car with a broken shock absorber?

Driving with a broken shock absorber will mean that the vehicle is unable to absorb the shocks from the road as you drive which could furthermore cause damage to other components on the car. Furthermore it could lead to a loss of control of the vehicle as the vehicle will not handle as intended. If you experience any untoward characteristics in the handling of your vehicle, or if you suspect there is any issue with a shock absorber or there are concerns about its age or condition, book a diagnostic inspection with a professional mechanic immediately and do not drive the vehicle. A mechanic can check and advise on next steps.

What causes a shock absorber to fail?

Over time, the seals and components of a shock absorber can degrade, leading to fluid leaks and reduced performance. In some cases, a shock absorber can also become damaged due to a collision or other external forces.

Are shock absorbers checked during an MOT test?

Yes, shock absorbers along with the entire suspension system is checked during an annual MOT test.

If a shock absorber is found to no longer have adequate damping effect, the bush is excessively worn or is not attached securely then it will be categorised as a major fault, which means your vehicle will fail the MOT.

Is a leaking shock absorber an MOT failure?

A leaking shock absorber is not an MOT failure, but it is something that should be fixed as soon as possible. A leaking shock absorber can cause a rough ride and excessive noise from the suspension. Sometimes, if the leak is very obvious and severe, then there is a chance the vehicle could fail an MOT.

Do I need to replace all 4 shocks at once?

It is recommended to replace shock absorbers across the axle at the same time, so both shocks at the front or both at the rear of the vehicle. This will help ensure the vehicle's suspension system is evenly balanced. This will ensure that the vehicle rides smoothly and does not experience any uneven wear and tear.

Is it safe to drive with a leaking shock absorber?

It is not safe to drive with a leaking shock absorber. If the fluid leaks out, the shock absorber will not be able to dampen the movement of the suspension, which can lead to a loss of control of the vehicle. You should get it checked and replaced as soon as possible.

Is it dangerous to drive with bad struts?

Driving with bad struts can be dangerous as they provide support for the vehicle’s suspension and can affect the alignment of the wheels. This can lead to difficulty steering and increased braking distances.

Can I drive my car with bad shocks?

It is not recommended to drive a car with bad shocks, as they can cause a number of problems. Bad shocks can cause the car to bounce around on the road, making it difficult to control. They can also cause the tires to wear out prematurely and can cause the suspension to wear out as well. It is a safety hazard for the driver so it is recommended to get them replaced as soon as possible to avoid any further damage to the suspension system

Should you replace both front shock absorbers?

If the front shock absorbers are leaking or damaged, it is highly recommended that you replace both of them at the same time. This will help ensure that your vehicle's suspension system is evenly balanced.

How much does it cost to replace shock absorbers?

Cost for a front shock absorber replacement is on average £300, with pricing ranging from around £200 to £500. Rear shock absorber replacement costs varies from £150 to £400, with an average of £225. Ultimately, cost depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your shock absorber replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Check out the ClickMechanic price for a shock absorber replacement, and find out what you would pay at a franchise dealer. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying. These estimates may include Front shock absorber, Front shock absorber, Rear shock absorber, Rear shock absorber, Suspension airbag (driver side), Suspension airbag (passenger side), Suspension airbag (driver side) and/or Suspension airbag (passenger side). We have shock absorber replacement prices for 52 different manufacturers.

Name ClickMechanic Click Mechanic average Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

£292 £314 - £514 Get exact price

Audi

£277 £335 - £488 Get exact price

Austin

£97 £138 - £154 Get exact price

Bentley

£323 £449 - £457 Get exact price

BMW

£318 £352 - £576 Get exact price

Cadillac

£348 £487 - £487 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£313 £346 - £526 Get exact price

Chrysler

£233 £226 - £406 Get exact price

Citroen

£253 £286 - £467 Get exact price

Dacia

£243 £313 - £372 Get exact price

Daewoo

£215 £278 - £370 Get exact price

Daihatsu

£296 £338 - £441 Get exact price

Daimler

£385 £504 - £504 Get exact price

Dodge

£319 £343 - £513 Get exact price

DS

£197 £258 - £258 Get exact price

Ferrari

£359 £493 - £493 Get exact price

Fiat

£211 £248 - £357 Get exact price

Ford

£222 £246 - £376 Get exact price

Honda

£349 £436 - £577 Get exact price

Hyundai

£304 £288 - £476 Get exact price

Isuzu

£250 £261 - £373 Get exact price

Iveco

£298 £371 - £413 Get exact price

Jaguar

£415 £368 - £694 Get exact price

Jeep

£266 £235 - £448 Get exact price

Kia

£241 £266 - £415 Get exact price

Land Rover

£430 £320 - £849 Get exact price

LDV

£240 £328 - £329 Get exact price

Lexus

£479 £401 - £929 Get exact price

Maserati

£355 £504 - £550 Get exact price

Mazda

£239 £230 - £419 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£362 £330 - £599 Get exact price

MG

£230 £245 - £454 Get exact price

MINI

£245 £279 - £397 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£250 £296 - £403 Get exact price

Nissan

£290 £267 - £502 Get exact price

Peugeot

£230 £256 - £420 Get exact price

Peugeot Talbot

£231 £302 - £302 Get exact price

Porsche

£857 £850 - £1,278 Get exact price

Proton

£129 £192 - £192 Get exact price

Renault

£224 £253 - £396 Get exact price

Rover

£261 £349 - £416 Get exact price

Saab

£278 £317 - £444 Get exact price

SEAT

£229 £282 - £406 Get exact price

Skoda

£231 £281 - £410 Get exact price

Smart

£236 £252 - £468 Get exact price

Ssangyong

£271 £379 - £381 Get exact price

Subaru

£377 £388 - £567 Get exact price

Suzuki

£236 £268 - £388 Get exact price

Toyota

£278 £298 - £507 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£219 £238 - £355 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£240 £294 - £419 Get exact price

Volvo

£287 £299 - £491 Get exact price

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  • Asia
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  • Morgan
  • Buick
  • Lamborghini
  • Pontiac
  • Carbodies
  • Mitsubishi Fuso
  • Moskvich
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • FSO
  • Maybach
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Santana
  • Tata
  • Great Wall
  • Piaggio
  • Perodua
  • Infiniti
  • Aston Martin
  • Lada
  • Lancia
  • Lotus
  • London Taxi's International

Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a shock absorber replacement, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Shock Absorber replacement quotes

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£273.92

Shock absorbers replacement - front (pair)

Audi A4
Gloucester
£159.19

Shock absorbers replacement - rear (pair)

Fiat Grande Punto
Telford
£256.45

Shock absorbers replacement - front (pair)

Vauxhall Vivaro
Surbiton
£256.96

Shock absorbers replacement - front (pair)

Vauxhall Corsa
Batley